United Airlines has announced it is partnering with Archer to deploy a fleet of short-haul electric aircraft.
Archer specializes in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, recently inking a deal with Fiat Chrysler to begin production of flying cars in 2023. Now the company has partnered with United Airlines to product a fleet of eVTOL aircraft for short-haul trips.
United will work with Archer to design an aircraft specifically for their needs. Once completed, along with Mesa Airlines, United will take possession of a fleet of 200 of the aircraft. The fleet will be used to help individuals travel to United’s hubs, as well as commute in heavily populated areas.
“Part of how United will combat global warming is by embracing emerging technologies that decarbonize air travel. By working with Archer, United is showing the aviation industry that now is the time to embrace cleaner, more efficient modes of transportation. With the right technology, we can curb the impact aircraft have on the planet, but we have to identify the next generation of companies who will make this a reality early and find ways to help them get off the ground,” said United CEO Scott Kirby. “Archer’s eVTOL design, manufacturing model and engineering expertise has the clear potential to change how people commute within major metropolitan cities all over the world.”
“We couldn’t be happier to be working with an established global player like United,” said Brett Adcock, co-CEO and co-Founder of Archer. “This deal represents so much more than just a commercial agreement for our aircraft, but rather the start of a relationship that we believe will accelerate our timeline to market as a result of United’s strategic guidance around FAA certification, operations and maintenance.”
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